(UnitedVoice.com) – Geraldo Rivera’s career in journalism spans more than five decades, beginning with a two-year stint with New York-based WABC-TV in 1970. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist worked for ABC, CBS, and CNBC before landing at Fox News in 2001.
Rivera has enjoyed more than his share of controversy over the years. For instance, he reported on an upcoming military operation while embedded with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq in early 2003. The reporter even went as far as drawing a map in the sand for viewers. As one might expect, the military quickly denounced his actions, noting that he compromised the lives of American troops.
Two days later, Rivera reported that he would be reporting on the Iraq conflict from Kuwait. In reality, he was expelled from Iraq for disclosing that operation.
Clashes With Other Fox News Personalities
Rivera also had a history of feuding with other Fox News news personalities. He famously lashed out at Michelle Malkin in 2007, calling her “the most vile, hateful commentator [he] ever met.” He later apologized for that remark.
In April 2021, Rivera clashed with Fox contributor Leo Terrell. The two were discussing St. Louis’ recent mayoral election. Rivera asked Terrell, a black man, when he last visited “the ghetto.” The newscast quickly fell apart as the two men started yelling at each other. Once again, Rivera later apologized.
His Final Appearance on Fox News
Rivera recently announced his departure from “Fox and Friends,” telling The Associated Press that he had a clash with co-host Greg Gutfeld. He said there had been “growing tension that [went] beyond editorial differences.” “It’s not worth it to me” to continue on the program, he explained. He told the AP that he quit, but there’s some dispute over whether he or Fox executives initiated the move.
On Thursday, June 29, he posted a tweet and short video clip announcing that he was quitting Fox News since it fired him from “Fox and Friends.” He also indicated that the following day could mark his last appearance on the network.
Bumpy day on the North Atlantic. Anyway, I got fired from @TheFive so I quit Fox. After 23 years tomorrow Fox and Friends could be my last appearance on the network. Thanks for the memories. pic.twitter.com/74Qgalz8sF
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) June 29, 2023
As predicted, he posted a follow-up tweet on Friday with an image of him and co-host Steve Doocy during his “farewell” appearance on Fox that morning.
With Steve Doocy at my farewell this morning from Fox. He’s a good guy. As you can see, I changed them more than they changed me. pic.twitter.com/1dpKfHmpMD
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) June 30, 2023
Fox News confirmed his departure later that day, telling Mediaite the Friday show would be his last appearance. “We reached an amicable conclusion with Geraldo,” the network explained.
Rivera joined the ranks of other high-profile Fox News personalities leaving the network. Company executives recently ousted Tucker Carlson shortly after settling a defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems in April. Also, in April, Dan Bongino announced his decision to part ways with Fox.
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